Giles: I still want England job

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 17:39 BST

Ashley Giles still wants to take over as England head coach, despite a defeat against Holland which he described as "embarrassing".

Ashley Giles: Insists he's still up for the task of taking England forward
Ashley Giles: Insists he's still up for the task of taking England forward

England's ICC World Twenty20 campaign, under Giles and captain Stuart Broad, ended with a 45-run trouncing as the Dutch bowled them out for just 88 in Chittagong.

It is the second time England have lost to the same minnows in the history of this competition, and provides a grimly fitting epitaph to a miserable winter headlined by the Ashes whitewash Down Under.

Limited-overs coach Giles will be interviewed next month to take charge of England in all formats.

There are other contenders too, however - Sussex's Mark Robinson has told Sky Sports News he would "jump at the chance" - and Giles' prospects can hardly have been enhanced by a shambolic display from a team who had already been eliminated from the tournament.

Asked if it might be one of the lowest points of his career, Giles said: "I think so....today was pretty embarrassing really.

"(It appeared to be) complacent, from our standpoint, (those) watching at home and those who have come all the way from England. It was a poor, poor performance.

"None of us is very happy.

"It can only come down to complacency. Every time you go out to play for England, (you need to) make sure you have pride in your performance - and we certainly didn't show that today.

"We were never in the game. With all due respect to the Dutch....we shouldn't be losing to them. We're too good a side.

"It was ugly and embarrassing, and all we can do is apologise to everyone at home."

As for his credentials as the right man to take over the role vacated this winter by Andy Flower, he added: "I believed I was 24 hours ago, and I'm not sure that one performance has changed my mind.

"You get bad days at the office, and this is a really bad one....but I still believe I can do the job for England."

Newly-appointed England selector Angus Fraser said he felt sympathy for Giles.

"I do feel for Ashley," he said. "He's a good man, and I like his values - the standards, the things he tries to do and the way he conducts himself.

"He's had success with Warwickshire, so he's proved that he can put a team together.

"Days like today ... are not helpful (to his chances of landing the job).

"I'm not on the panel, but I think those people will know his qualities and will back him to be able to get through something like this.''

David Lloyd and Michael Atherton were both scathing in their assessment of the latest defeat.

Lloyd, a former England coach, told Sky Sports: "This is a hellish winter. We have been diabolical all winter....we can't get any worse than this.

"Brainless, shameful, totally unacceptable."

Former England captain Atherton added: "England absolutely failed to adapt to that change in conditions.

"You've got to give credit to the Netherlands....(but) of course England should chase down 133. It's an unacceptable performance from them.

"This is a team that is totally shot of confidence. This has now been a six-month period, from the start of the Ashes....and this is a team absolutely devoid of confidence.

"This was bad - total disintegration in the Ashes, and a lack of improvement in the one-day game as well."


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